Two killed in crash at Young Eagles rally

An accident at a Young Eagles rally killed a 78-year-old pilot and 14-year-old boy Saturday near Buffalo, N.Y. According to a report from NBC News, a Cessna 172 crashed into a Searey aircraft, killing the two on board the C-172. The other aircraft made an emergency landing, but the two passengers only suffered minor injuries, according to the report.

The National Transportation Safety Board, the FAA and local police are conducting an investigation. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the pilot and passenger involved in the mishap,” officials from the Experimental Aircraft Association said in a statement.

Young Eagles visionary wins Phillips 66 Leadership Award at AirVenture

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OSHKOSH – Greg Anderson, who helped pioneer a program responsible for taking 1.8 million-plus youths flying worldwide, was honored with the 2014 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award during AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

A piston pilot who spent 21 years working for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and now heads the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Anderson accepted the Aviation Leadership Award from Greg Hart, manager, general aviation, Phillips 66, during the annual Young Eagles Banquet.

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Ford donates F-35 inspired car for Young Eagles auction at AirVenture

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OSHKOSH – The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Co. led the development of the one-off 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Ford Mustang, which will be donated by Ford and sold at the the Gathering of Eagles charity event Thursday at AirVenture.

All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.8 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators. [Read more…]

First-ever GoFly Scholarship presented at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — GoPro has teamed up with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles to help aviation go-getters reach the sky. The first ever GoPro flight scholarship, dubbed “Go Fly,” was created to encourage young adults to follow their dreams of becoming a pilot.

The GoFly Scholarship provides financial assistance for flight training school, plus a one- year EAA membership, and a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition and all necessary mounts to capture and share milestones throughout their journey to becoming a licensed pilot.

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5,000 kids take flight, thanks to Oregon couple

Larry Durst flew his 5,000th Young Eagle on June 7: Cole Brecht, 12 (far right) of Looking Glass, Ore. Also (l-r): Young Eagles Jesse Brecht, 10, and Lily Creekmore, 11.

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Only one other person has flown more kids for EAA’s Young Eagles program than volunteer pilot Larry Durst.

Since 1994, 5,000 children have taken flight with Durst. Working as a team — he flies, and his wife, Maxine, recruits — the Dursts’ relentless devotion to inspiring kids with aviation has earned the couple the 2013 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award.

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